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Ofsted’s checks will centre on teacher training curriculum

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    The quality of the curriculum provided by teacher training providers will be inspected by Ofsted. It is hoped that by changing the focus of what information is looked at by Ofsted, which had a lot of emphasis on performance data, will limit the possibility of any strengths or weaknesses in providers being missed.

    ‘New inspections of teacher training providers will be more focused on their curriculum, Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has revealed.

    Ms Spielman admitted that Ofsted’s checks on initial teacher education has been driven by performance data – as it has been with schools – which could be masking weaknesses or strengths in some training providers.

    In a commentary published today, she said the changes to the initial teacher education framework (ITE) would bring it in line with the new education inspection framework in schools, which has an increased focus on curriculum.’


    What do you think about the plan to change the focus of teacher training inspections by Ofsted? Do you welcome the move?
  2. garyconyers

    garyconyers New commenter

    Its OFSTED so they're bound to stuff it up somehow!
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  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    But the real test of the teacher training providers is how well their alumni perform in their first couple of years teaching. That is difficult to measure.
  4. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    If a headteacher hires a trainee that’s a good sign. If a local headteachers who works with the provider hires the trainees, still good. If the trainee stays in the profession - excellent evidence. If the trainee decides to teach first and then doesn’t enter or stay in the profession very long and indeed not in a local school - that’s not a good sign. Ofsted could be making things harder if they focus on the wrong things. They should focus on what drives teachers to not stay until the profession,
  5. tenpast7

    tenpast7 Occasional commenter

    i think Ofsted could and should be got rid of. They are a fly in the ointment damaging what was once an okay profession.

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